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Senichi Hoshino declares he has no interest in managing Team Japan at World Baseball Classic?!

by on Sep.09, 2008 @ 1:00 am, under WBC

Mainichi Japan is reporting that Senichi Hoshino has reportedly removed himself from the running for manager at the next World Baseball Classic. A quick look at Hoshino's blog confirms this report.

Here is my translation (somewhat loose) of what he has written on his blog.


WBC, WBC? What's that? Why do you guys keep on asking about it?

Last year during the pre-Olympic qualifiers, I wrote on this blog that I had no interest in managing Team Japan at the WBC. Baseball people are always pushing to have the same people over and over again. I've been the manager of Team Japan over a span of 2 years and if that's the end, that's fine. "We've got to give the younger people a chance" is what I'm thinking.

Regarding this particular issue (being the manager at the WBC), I know a lot of people are talking one way or another about it, and I've been asked [by reporters] after the Olympics if I wanted to take revenge... I remember saying "Revenge? No way. That would imply having to win. No way. Not happening." There certainly was a time during the pre-Olympic qualifiers where some people were putting out feelers to see if I might bite and take on the job to manage at the WBC. But I haven't said one thing about it. And that's why I continue to remain quiet about it.

If the position were offered to me, in this current climate without the support of the fans and media, I'm not sure that I'd be able to produce favorable results. With things up in flames right now, why would I want to run right into the middle of that? My daughters see how people have been treating me and now they tell me "Dad, no more uniforms. We want you to think about living a long and prosperous life."

So at this point, there's no reason for me to refuse or reject a position that hasn't even been offered. And you exec types, stop asking me the same questions over and over. Tomorrow I have an appearance on a TV show, and next week I'll be providing commentary at a Giants - Tigers game. I'd just like to finally get back to what I want to do. I'm fine. You guys also need to cheer up.

It sounds like it rambles a bit. Quite frankly, I'm not sure what his point is, other than that he really doesn't have any intention to manage at the World Baseball Classic at this point in time. From the sounds of things, it also appears as though he hasn't officially been asked by anyone from the Japan Baseball Organization.

The Mainchi article continues on and says that the Japan Baseball Organization has agreed to hold talks about the next Executive Committee Meeting on October (I think) 1st. It'll be really interesting to see what happens.

Mainichi Shinbun - <WBC>日本代表監督、要請されても受けないÂ…星野仙一氏
Senichi Hoshino's Official Site